Braff launched the project on Kickstarter last year, raising more than enough for the campaign to be funded, and he’s been treating his backers and fans to bits and pieces here and there along the way.
Last month, we got our first look at Braff and his co-stars from the film. And with Sundance just around the corner, the writer-director has shared the film’s first poster, which he notes is just for Sundance, not yet knowing what the final theatrical poster will look like.
“WISH I WAS HERE” tells the story of Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, husband and dad who at 35 is still trying to find his true place in life. He and his wife are barely getting by financially, and Aidan passes his time fantasizing about being the futuristic Space Knight he always dreamed he’d be as a little kid.
When his ailing father can no longer afford to pay for private school for his two kids, and with the only available public school on its last legs, Aidan reluctantly agrees to attempt to home-school them. The result is chaos, until Aidan decides to scrap the traditional academic curriculum and come up with his own. Through teaching them about life his way, he gradually discovers the parts of himself he couldn’t find.
Kate Hudson stars opposite Braff as his on-screen wife, with Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, Donald Faison, Mandy Patinkin, Jim Parsons, and Phill Lewis completing the ensemble, and Pierce Gagnon and Joey King starring as Braff and Hudson’s children.
Braff co-wrote the script with his brother, Adam Braff, with the two brothers also producing the film.
It’s been ten years since the former made his directorial debut with Garden State, opening at Sundance back in January 2004, and we can’t wait to see what he’s returning with here.
Wish I Was Here will be making its debut at Sundance this Saturday, January 18th. No word yet on a firm release date, but Braff has previously spoken of giving the film a theatrical release in the autumn/fall, so here’s to hoping that that will come true after its bow on the festival circuit.